Aug
31
2016
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‘The Funniest Joke in the World’ through the Cthulhu Mythos lens.

It occurs to me that virtually every scheme I’ve ever seen in gaming that involves somebody trying to weaponize or commercialize some aspect of the Cthulhu Mythos (or other horror concept) effectively takes this skit as its template for a successful weaponizing or commercialization. This is how it’s always supposed to work. And it never, ever does.

Mar
21
2016
1

Some thoughts on this ‘Lost in Smoke’ scenario hook from Pelgrane.

The basic idea – Mythos-infused tobacco causing destructively-seductive ghostly apparations and visions – is pretty good all on its own.  But you could also tie it in with the black lotus and whatnot found in the Conan novels, and thus bring in the Hyborian Age stuff that Trail of Cthulhu, I think, would find rather entertainingly useful.  I mean, there’s some of it in there now, obviously, because Lovecraft and Howard were friends and pen-pals.  But you could really ratchet up the Howard for a Pulp game.

Something to think about, I guess.

Apr
04
2013
4

Cthulhu macrofasciculumque fhtagn! Cthulhu macrofasciculumque fhtagn! IA! IA! IA!

Couple things about this story:

 

  1. Cool.
  2. Cthylla? …Um.  Yeah. That’s kind of, well.  Look, I’m not going to say anything bad about Brian Lumley, OK?  And God knows that nobody should be too high and mighty to say that only certain people can play in the Mythos sandbox… so, yeah, I should shut up now.  Nevermind.
  3. …Again: cool.

Jul
21
2012
1

The intersection of these two essays would be interesting.

Batman and Evil, Ben Domenech.

The Man Who Shot Joseph Curwin, Ken Hite.

Postulate: If HP Lovecraft had lived and gotten a job with DC he would have been one Hell of a writer of Batman comics*.

Discuss.

Moe Lane

*Admittedly, I’m kind of stealing at least the skeleton of that postulate from Ken.  Hopefully, he won’t mind.

Apr
24
2012
4

So. Just read Radiant Dawn & Ravenous Dusk.

Radiant Dawn and Ravenous Dusk were written by a fellow by the name of Cody Goodfellow, and I picked them up on the recommendation of Ken Hite’s… recommendation… in his intro to Delta Green: Strange Authorities.  Cthulhu Mythos books, so therefore horror; and as to style… well. Take Delta Green, give it enough ergot-tainted rye to choke a horse, then try to treat its symptoms with more horse-choke doses of cut-rate Mexican methamphetamine.  And ether!

This is not a criticism.

Sep
18
2011
4

“There is a hole in your mind…”

More accurately, there seems to be a hole in my Delta Green collection.  Delta Green is, of course, the modern government conspiracy/investigation setting for the Call of Cthulhu RPG; and it has an internal narrative in its back-story.  I bring this up because I have just picked up the latest book (Delta Green: Through a Glass, Darkly: book-book, not gaming supplement-book), and it’s clear that there is a gap in the narrative: apparently, some stuff went down when I wasn’t looking.  I think that I must have not bought a particular book or something, but I can’t figure out which one.  Minor mystery, but slightly aggravating.

Here’s what I do have:

There’s a couple of short stories on The Unspeakable Oath site and all that, but I don’t think that they’re the missing links.  What am I missing?

Sep
12
2011
2

“The Watcher of Yathagggu.”

I’m a little surprised at myself that I haven’t mentioned this webcomic before: after all, The Watcher of Yathagggu is Cthulhu Mythos/steampunk* (and quite unsettling), and everybody knows how I feel about those two different genres.  This one’s also sorta-kinda post-apocalypse, in that special Mythos way.  All in all, it very favorably compares with Lovecraft is Missing, which is finally updating again, by the way.

Anyway, the current chapter to TWoY starts here, but there’s a decent-sized, tasty backlog to it. Go check it out.

Moe Lane

*Although it may be more electro-punk by now.

Sep
05
2011
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So… Delta Green: Through a Glass, Darkly.

It’s the latest Delta Green* novel, which got funded via Kickstarter.  The electronic version is supposedly going out today to backers, with the hardcopy being available in about a week or so: I totally missed this one, so I ain’t getting either until they make either available to regular buyers.  Can’t wait: I rarely buy book tie-ins, but my appetite for Mythos stuff is nigh-insatiable.

Above a certain level of quality, of course.  Some of you probably know what I mean already, and the rest of you are fortunate not to.

Moe Lane

PS: Ken Hite’s Cthulhu 101 came in the mail last week.  Damned funny and damned useful: there’s stuff in there that I missed.

PPS: “Philosophy,” a DG story, via The Unspeakable Oath.

*For those unfamiliar with the game: Call of Cthulhu meets secret government anti-Mythos conspiracy.  Made out of Crystalline Awesome with tightly-woven WIN inserts.

Jul
07
2011
1

Book of the Week: Cliffourd, The Big Red God.

[UPDATE: Great. This didn’t load when it was supposed to. Lemme go see what else hasn’t gone properly this evening on the site.]

I have been waiting for Cliffourd the Big Red God (Mini Mythos) for months.

Months. So, it makes both the Book of the week and the wish list.

Hey, you read me… so if I’m weird, what does that make you?

Now let us pause for a moment in respect while The Year at Maple Hill Farm flees to the safety of a new Dark Age.

Dec
17
2010
4

‘Experiment 17.’

Cthulhu Mythos short fan film; it’s a couple of years old, but interesting.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dI0M4xRwbs8&feature=player_embedded

More here; first referenced here. I’m afraid that I have to agree with the implicit message found in the second link, though: adapting Lovecraft to the cinema is hard.

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